Shelf Candy Saturday is a meme that celebrates the many times unrecognized, but invaluable hard work of book cover designers. They say never judge a book by its cover, but you know you do!!
So now, run on over to Five Alarm Book Reviews (the creators of this fun meme) and check out more awesome covers!
This week I would like to showcase the beautiful covers of Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you have yet to read this series (there might still be a few of you out there...), I would highly recommend you check them out. The series is fast-paced and chock full of werewolves.
Shiver (Book 1) Scoop: (Goodreads)
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
I love these book designs so much, from the colors, to the graphic silhouettes, the blood spatters and the fact that the text of each novel is in a matching color (black text is soooo 2004).
These simple and striking covers were designed by Christopher Stengel of Scholastic, Inc. I am Stengal's newest fan, especially once I found out that he also created the cover for Marcelo in the Real World (a cover I have been wanting to feature for quite a while.)
Amazingly enough, I found an interview from July 2010 on Stiefvater's site where she asks him all of the amazing and insightful questions that I'm sure I would have asked given the resources and access...
|The cover of Shiver was inspired by this leaf. Yes, this actual leaf. I love it!|
The interview continues on Scholastic's site and can be found here. (The link on Stiefvater's site is for the main page.) I wholeheartedly suggest you check both sites for the inside scoop on designing a book cover and Stengal's motivations for his design choices with this series.
Well, that's a wrap for this week y'all. I really hope you enjoyed the pretty covers and I can't wait to see what you might have to share this week.
Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FABR for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week!